Most people regard lateness as a minor and pardonable offence and sometimes turn up to engagements intentionally late, expecting the other party to easily forgive them. This attitude towards time is very common among young people and people without demanding or busy schedules.
Being late communicates more than ‘something held me back for a few seconds’, it speaks volumes about your character, it has the ability to negatively affect the success or otherwise of a meeting and create an unfavorable reputation that would last many years.
When we are the one running late to a meeting we automatically expect to be forgiven and see nothing really wrong with our action, but when we are the one who has to wait for someone running late, we see the importance of being on time and grasp the undesirability of lateness.
For many years, teachers have highlighted the importance of being punctual, not only for the meeting or the other person’s sake but for one’s self. When we show up to a meeting at the exact time we say we would, we develop a sense of responsibility and pride for being able to do what we have said and are most likely to repeat the act.
Even if the other party runs late, arriving early gives one time to settle and prepare for the meeting and puts the other party in an apologetic mode, ready to compromise to compensate for being late, this can be the difference between the success and failure of the meeting.
Perhaps punctuality is most important in business, as the saying goes ‘time is money’. Many businessmen have ruined profitable opportunities by being late to meetings. Lateness more than anything communicates unprofessionalism; it puts into question everything you say,’ if you say you will be here at two o’clock and you were not, how am I sure you can or will deliver on what you say; besides you have not stuck to your words so far’.
Punctuality on the other hand communicates discipline and reliability; every other factor considered no businessman will shun a person who is punctual, he/she is seen as serious and professional. Many successful businessmen stress the importance of punctuality in their success; many say it is their secret.
I once had an interview with a very picky businessman, the friend who recommended me the job told tales of his impatient and rude nature. Although the appointment had been scheduled a month earlier, I turned up early as possible on the date and waited, it turned out he had forgotten about the meeting and was extremely sorry, later he disclosed that my punctuality to the meeting was what convinced him to give me the job.
More than anything punctuality communicates respect for the other party and interest in the purpose of the meeting. It makes sense that we devote our time to things we consider important, thus people are honored when people turn up on time for meetings it means the meeting is important to us.
Even worse than being late is being late with excuses, this only adds to an already questionable reputation because we shift blame to some other individual or process. If you are running late and there is nothing you can do to prevent it, it is best to contact the other person and inform them of your situation that way he/she can decide if to wait or postpone the meeting rather than keep them staring at the ceiling, at the door and out of the window.
Essay on The Importance of Punctuality
796 WordsNov 9th, 20114 Pages
Being punctual is important for numerous reasons, all of which can be applied to both military and civilian life, as well as your work life and social life. I think it is important because it shows that you have respect for others. If someone is consistently late to events it shows others around them that they have little or no respect for others and their time. Time is a valuable thing and it should be viewed as such. If a person has commitments and responsibilities involving others, they should realize that others time is just as important as their own. Someone that is consistently late shows others that they believe their time is more valuable than others. Also by being late a person disrupts all the others involved in the event, which…show more content…
As someone new to our company I should have considered this. My actions have set a negative impression of myself for my fellow soldiers and my NCOs’. Instead of being viewed in a good light it may be possible that I am seen as someone that is irresponsible and undependable. If I am unable to manage my time effectively and be on time, others may have the impression that I am not responsible enough to do my job efficiently and correctly. In turn that impression could affect my career for a long period of time.
Along with being respectful and responsible, being on time also means that you are more likely to know what is going on. Most of the time, the beginning of a meeting or a formation for that matter may be used to put out important information. Information in which leaders think is pertinent. If someone is late to a formation or meeting they run the risk of not getting the information put out or getting a misconstrued version from a fellow person. Without proper information that person is more likely to be late again and again starting a cycle that may be hard to break. As someone in the military this is something that should be avoided. A cycle of not being in the right place at the right time could lead to punishment such as UCMJ, extra duty, and in some scenarios a separation from the army. Being on time also sets a good example for others, if someone is late without